Huge €8m Lotto jackpot eventually paid out after 90-day saga

Matt Lyons shop in Sligo, where the winning ticket was sold
Matt Lyons shop in Sligo, where the winning ticket was sold

The National Lottery has confirmed that a controversial €8.2million jackpot has been collected.

In a statement, released this evening, a spokesperson confirmed that a "delighted Lotto player from the North West collected the 5 March Lotto jackpot of €8,244,502 at Lottery Headquarters today."

The statement continued: "The Lotto jackpot, which had been rolling since 27 January 2016, is the biggest ever win in Co Sligo. The player, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the normal play ticket on the day of the draw in XL Shop n Stop on Stephen Street."

The lotto win had been the source of a protracted legal dispute and the 90-day deadline for collection was due to expire at 5pm today.

The winner's identity has not been revealed but a solicitor acting on behalf of a person who claimed to have won the cash previously explained that there had been a delay.

The problem was believed to revolve around the operator’s rules on ticket validation.

Winning ticket must be intact and can't be "mutilated, altered, illegible, incomplete or tampered with in any manner," according to the lotto.

Athlone based lawyer Tony McLynn told RTE News a number of weeks ago: "There was a matter of clarification sought and that was resolved."

The Lotto haven't commented on any of the lawyer's statements.

This is not the first Lotto win for retailer, Matt Lyons, whose XL Shop n Stop is on something of a winning streak.

In December 2009, the shop sold a €4.3 million jackpot winning ticket and just weeks ago, Ciara Fallon won €276,000 on Winning Streak when she claimed the €250,000 prize on Spin the Wheel, with her entry scratch card being bought in the very same shop.